Crunch time for Stanek, Eades and Manaea

Updated: May 2, 2013, 9:24 AM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

There are two elite prospects in the 2013 draft class, and both are college pitchers. Stanford ace Mark Appel is the top talent for the second straight spring and Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray has burst onto the scene with huge velocity, an out-pitch slider and sustained performance. The second tier, however, is a solid group, led by right-hander's Ryne Stanek (Arkansas), Ryan Eades (LSU) and left-hander Sean Manaea (Indiana State).

All three have questions that have yet to be answered. Stanek and Manaea have not shown consistent stuff and command this season, and Eades, who has been very consistent, needs to show a bit more dominance. As Keith Law wrote earlier this week, Eades fizzled a bit down the stretch last spring and with a labrum injury in his past a strong month of May could go a long ways to show that his shoulder, nor general durability or stamina concerns, are valid reasons to let him slide down (and potentially out of) the first round.